Loading Dock Maintenance and Safety

The Material Transfer Zone (MTZ) though often hidden from view, serves as the epicenter of goods coming in and going out. Among the busiest of areas in any facility, the MTZ plays many roles in day-to-day operations.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE POINT FOR OPERATIONAL SUPPLIES

The activity created by trucks and trailers and employee handling of materials and freight on uneven surfaces contribute to potential workplace accidents. The MTZ often serves as the first and lasting impression of your business by suppliers and clients.

CENTRALIZED WET-WASTE AND TRASH COLLECTION POINT

Garbage and organic waste collected around an MTZ promote insect and rodent infestations as well as foul odors.

EMPLOYEE ENTRANCE AND CONGREGATION AREA

As a gathering place for many employees, the safety, cleanliness, and atmosphere of the MTZ is of upmost importance.

EXIT POINT AND RETENTION AREA FOR STORM WATER AND WASTE WATER

As the final stop for waste water before it enters the sanitary sewer, many problems such as backups, overflows, and foul odors can occur.

Thousands of workers are injured every year due to injuries sustained on loading docks or during loading operations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that most of these accidents can be prevented if proper safety precautions at job sites are initiated. As the first company to address the specific needs of loading dock maintenance and safety, Chemsearch has developed a program to help facility engineers reduce workplace accidents, control odors, eliminate storm and waste water backups and extend the life of their buildings.

THREE EASY STEPS TO MAINTENANCE AND SAFETY:

STEP 1: Maintenance Solutions

Storm Water and Waste Water Management
Drains are typically found at the base of inclined loading areas. Spills resulting from material transfer, sediment and debris from the constant fl ow of delivery trucks, and ice and storm water runoff can all accumulate in these drains causing back-ups, odors and possible violation of municipal codes.

Surface Safety
Slips, trips, and falls account for one quarter of serious injuries in the workplace, and lead to 104 million lost workdays per year in North America. 70% of these slips occur on level ground. Petroleum products, caustics, acids and water spills can all create an unsafe working environment.

Odor Control
The organic material left behind from garbage and waste in dumpsters and compactors often result in odors that are not only offensive to employees, but also to patrons, residents and pedestrians.

Pest Management
Waste receptacles and surrounding areas are one of the most vulnerable areas to pest infestations. The odors from garbage and decaying waste act as an attractant to a wide variety of pests including flies, cockroaches, ants, wasps, bees mice, rats and birds.

Cleaning and Restoration
Trucks, trailers, forklifts, and freight are just a few contributors to the grease, grime, oil, and dirt that can accumulate on loading dock surfaces and equipment. Improperly maintained, these hazards can lead to mechanical failure, slip and fall instances and an overall poor appearance.

STEP 2: Site Hazard Assessment

Loading Dock Safety
To help promote a safe work environment in and around your MTZ, Chemsearch offers a full hazard assessment including a site safety checklist and walkthrough, as well as product recommendations in the areas of Safety Compliance, Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention, Traffic Safety and Safe Material Handling.

STEP 3: Employee Training

Training and Education
Whether renewing forklift safety for your entire staff or offering online training for one new employee, Chemsearch can help with a variety of training programs.